The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 388

Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5 stars

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A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.“

So before I even started reading this book I knew I was going to like it. There was so much hype going around about it and everyone seemed to be reading it and absolutely loving it. I can say that from the moment I sat down to read this book, I was hooked.

The writing was so beautiful, I mean it really was. I don’t even know how to describe it but it was just such a nice book to read. It had a calming effect on me and I found that I could not put this book down. It was set in the desert, and had a sort of Arabian thing going on that I found really interesting and it just added that element of something different to the story. This was nothing like the YA fantasy that I have read before.

I loved all of the characters. There was some much to each one that I found myself wanting to hear about Shazi’s handmaid and all that was happening with her. I wanted to know about each of the characters, never finding them lacking description wise, they were all formed really well.

Shazi herself was really clever. The things she said would not be something you would expect to come out of a sixteen year old’s mouth. She was so wise and knew exactly what to say at the right times. I really enjoyed reading from her point of view and seeing her inner struggle as the book progressed as to what she was going to do about Khalid made me sympathize for her.

Khalid on the other hand, I can’t say if I ever thought him to be a bad person. I think the author revealed to us that he was “good” before Shazi knew it herself. So I was always kinda rooting for him throughout the novel. He was just a heart throb all over!

Now there were one or two things I had an issue with. I won’t go into exactly what they were, but there were certain moments that seemed to not fit with the story. That were not as believable and just didn’t sit well in it. Also one thing that has been bugging me since finishing the book, was the ending. What a whopper of a cliff hanger! I had no idea going in to this book that it was not a stand-alone. So when it was getting nearer to the end and things weren’t being resolved I was staring to freak out.

So there I am, unbeknownst to me, reading the last page of the book. I turn to the next page and I’m like, where is the rest of it? The book just finished! Now I have to wait an entire year to know what happens next, the torture. However, it was a pretty epic ending. But I’m still not happy about it(she says whaling like a child). I shall wait and I will wait for the next book to come out. Besides that, overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

I would recommend this to lovers of fantasy, with a mature edge to it. There are non of the teenage angst’s found in this book.The romance was fantastically handled and you just have got to read it. This book is suitable for 15+.

Weekly Recommendations #7

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Published  September 21st 1937 by HarperCollins

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 388

Rating:5/5 stars

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So it’s fair to say that this is a classic that everyone needs to read. The book itself is not very long but somehow Tolkien seemed to pack so much in there. I’m not usually a fan of classics and I thought I would find this book boring, but boy was I wrong. The story pulled me in straight away and I couldn’t put this book down. The characters and world building were fascinating, funny at times as well. If you think this book doesn’t sound like your cup of tea like I did, I encourage you to just give it a try anyway, you’d be surprised. I would recommend this book for teens and older readers as the story can be hard to follow at certain points.

**For all who don’t know this is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy**

Synopses:

This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected…

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further then the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag-End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day, to whisk him away on a journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…”

Reading Slump

Okay, so I have literally just finished reading The Wrath And The Dawn and my mind is exploding. I just had to get my thoughts on it down pronto. Everyone has been talking about and reading this book recently, so obviously I picked it up. This was a freaking amazing book! I cannot convey how awesome I thought this book was, the characters, the plot, everything was just great. But seriously, that ending though! I will not be giving away any spoilers here, but if you have read the book you will know what I mean. All I’m going to say it that there is a whopper of a cliff hanger. So I was just going along reading happily and then right in the middle of the action the book ends. I am in agony. I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR. A whole year for the next book. Give me the strength to get through this please.

Other than that I have not been reading as much as I would like to. I was busy helping out at a kids camp all of last week and had absolutely no time to read. Which was really difficult because a few days before it I started reading The Wrath And The Dawn, which was a completely consuming story and all I wanted to do was stay up all night reading it. But I couldn’t because I was just so tired, and had to get up early every morning.That meant that I hadn’t really read very much since the read-a-thon.I have only read two books since then which is not much at all. And sadly I won’t be getting much time any time soon to read because I will be working a lot over the next two weeks and then going abroad. But I will try my best.

I still have to put up one more review from the read-a-thon, which is Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It’s in the works at the moment and I will try to get it up sometime during this week hopefully. I’m in the mood now to read a really quick contemporary romance or something because I feel like all the books I have been reading at the moment have been really intense. I need a break!

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

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Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Published October 8th 2008 by Flux

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal,Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 325

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.”

I personally didn’t think this book was very good. When I began reading it, it was almost like I had missed the start or something, because I had no idea what was going on. There was no setting the scene and a very quick character introduction, it left me feeling confused from the first page. There was also the fact of insta-love between Deirdre and Luke. There is no situation where I may find that acceptable. It came across very fake and was not done well, which was disappointing because Stiefvater has written some good books.

The writing was good but there wasn’t much character development. They were very much two dimensional and I never felt like there was anything interesting about them. Deirdre seemed very lost and didn’t know what she wanted. She was a very fragile character and was easily swayed with things. So trusting of Luke when she had never met him before. It never once occurred to me that Luke was actually going to kill her like it said in the synopses. He gave no inclination as to why he was following her, which I suppose was the point of the story but it came across quite random.

There were moments in the story where things just didn’t make sense. Like how it seemed that her mom was a single mother because there was never any mention what so ever of a father, then all of a sudden he just popped up out of nowhere. It was confusing and made the story difficult to get into when things like that happened.

I read this book quite quickly, but it wasn’t fast paced nor did much happen in the story. As I got closer to the end of the book I started to wonder how the story was going to end and be wrapped up well. There just didn’t seem to be enough pages to finish the story well with. The ending came across very random to me and it wasn’t something that I was expecting to happen. It seemed like the author just went, oh I think I’ll just change things around and make the book end the complete opposite to how it should. It just made no sense.

The whole aspect of magic in this book didn’t go very well. It wasn’t described well and I never really got what was going on. It’s made to seem like her being a cloverhand is a big thing when it’s really not. Also this character Aodhan isn’t in the story very much at all. The whole synopses is very misleading actually. Deirdre isn’t even “painfully shy” like it says either, she’s a completely normal teen, just quiet. But then again it’s hard to tell if she’s quiet because the book is set during the summer and there are like no interactions between her and other people.

Redeeming qualities, there wasn’t really any. I mean I suppose it would be an okay book to get you into the genre, but because I have read so many books like it, it fell a little flat for me. I was disappointed with it needless to say. Stiefvater has written some really good books that I have enjoyed immensely. Sadly this book was not one of them.

I would recommend this book for beginners of the YA fantasy genre, or just the YA genre in general. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Rainbow Read-A-Thon Finished!

It has been one hell of a week but I have managed to complete the rainbow read-a-thon! I have no idea how I was able to read six books in a week, it was a new record for me. I feel completely washed out, who knew you could read too much, because I certainly didn’t. I mean, I am actually really tired now after what felt like was a sprint of reading. Or maybe it was because I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning reading every day, then got up early to do it all over again.

So I read almost all of the books that I said I would read, apart from one small change. For my purple book I decided to read Cold Water by Gwendoline Riley instead of Postcards From The Heart by Ella Griffin. I was just really tired by Saturday and I wanted to read something short so I could just finish the read-a-thon. Which is what I did because Cold Water was only like 150 pages, where as Postcards From The Heart was around 400 pages, and I just didn’t know if i was going to be able to do it. You could say I took the easy route. But whatever, I’m still happy with what I read, and that’s what the read-a-thon was for, right? To enjoy yourself!

So here’s how my week went:

Monday: Finished reading Sinner, which I had already been reading since Friday

Tuesday: Started reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, finished it that evening. Started reading Lament.

Wednesday: Finished reading Lament in the evening, started reading Fangirl.

Thursday: Finished with Fangirl.

Friday: Started reading A Long Way Down.

Saturday: Finished reading A Long Way Down, read Cold Water in one sitting.

Sunday: REST! (Too much reading, if there could ever be a thing).

So as you can see I read pretty much every day that week. And that’s not to say that I wasn’t busy because I was. I had to work this week so it was hard to squeeze in reading time. But I managed it and I’m so happy that I was able to accomplish this, it was really fun challenging myself to see how much I was able to read. So here is the finished list of all the books that I read this week:

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater(red)

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater(orange)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan(yellow)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell(green)

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby(blue)

Cold Water by Gwendoline Riley(purple)

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I will be reviewing all of these books over the coming week so you will see those posts popping up soon hopefully! If you participated in this read-a-thon please let me know how you got on and what books you read.

Happy reading 🙂

Rainbow Read-a-Thon TBR

So upon looking up all of my book-tubers on youtube I came across this read-a-thon. I was very excited, because I always seem to miss them when they’re happening. But it is not so this time. I have caught it and it looks to be a really cool one! I found out about it from Peruse Project, who put up a video of the books that she was going to read for it and it just got me really excited. Mainly because, with my recent book haul I now have many more colorful books that fit in perfectly with this read-a-thon. The read-a-thon was originally created by a bunch of book-tubers, which is just awesome really.

So what this read-a-thon is, is you pick six books that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple(must be the spines). Or you can pick seven books, all of the same colour. You have from the 15th to the 22nd of June, which is Monday to Sunday, to read all of these books. To make it easier though, you can double up on some books. By this I mean that you can have a book that has say a blue background with purple writing, allowing you to knock off both of those colours.

The books that I have chosen are as follows(in order of colour):

So as you can see I have not taken the easier route, six books is a hell of a lot to read in a week. Who knows if I will read all of them, but I’m hoping I can get through some. I’ve already read one, so hopefully that will give me a good start to it. Since I will be spending this whole week with my nose buried in one book or another, I won’t be posting very much. I will do a wrap up of how things went with the read-a-thon some time at the end of the week and hopefully will have some reviews up.

Let me know if you’re participating and what your rainbow looks like, I am very curious!

Happy reading 🙂